College Football Playoff Seedings Released, LSU Takes Top Spot: Pairings, Early Odds and Final Rankings

The College Football Playoff committee announced its final rankings on Sunday afternoon, and the LSU Tigers regained the top spot. LSU flipped places with Ohio State, which dropped to No. 2, and Clemson held firm at No. 3. All of those teams finished the season with 13-0 records and conference titles.

Oklahoma is the No. 4 team after winning the Big 12 Championship on Saturday, and the Sooners got some help with losses by Georgia, Utah and Wisconsin.

The pairings for the 2019 playoffs are:

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 28, Time TBD

No. 1 LSU (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 28, Time TBD

No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) vs. No. 3 Clemson (13-0)

The odds for each game have already been released after the announcement on Sunday. LSU (-12.5) and Clemson (-2) open as early favorites, according to SportsBetting.

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Tyler Shelvin #72 of the LSU Tigers celebrates defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 37-10 to win the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Here is the final CFB Top 25

  1. LSU (13-0)
  2. Ohio State (13-0)
  3. Clemson (13-0)
  4. Oklahoma (12-1)
  5. Georgia (11-2)
  6. Oregon (11-2)
  7. Baylor (11-2)
  8. Wisconsin (10-3)
  9. Florida (10-2)
  10. Penn State (10-2)
  11. Utah (11-2)
  12. Auburn (9-3)
  13. Alabama (10-2)
  14. Michigan (9-3)
  15. Notre Dame (10-2)
  16. Iowa (9-3)
  17. Memphis (12-1)
  18. Minnesota (10-2)
  19. Boise State (12-1)
  20. Appalachian State (12-1)
  21. Cincinnati (10-3)
  22. USC (8-4)
  23. Navy (9-2)
  24. Virginia (9-4)
  25. Oklahoma State (8-4)

Ohio State and LSU have traded places as the top teams three times since the initial rankings were released on Nov. 5. LSU defeated No. 3 Alabama on Nov. 9 and took over the No. 1 spot. Ohio State regained No. 1 after a win over Penn State, and then kept it after a win over Michigan.

On Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State defeated No. 8 Wisconsin, 34-21, for the Big Ten title. Before that, No. 2 LSU beat No. 4 Georgia, 37-10, for the Southeastern Conference title. No. 3 Clemson dismantled No. 23 Virginia, 62-17, for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, and No. 6 Oklahoma beat No. 7 Baylor, 30-23, for the Big 12 title.

On Friday night, No. 13 Oregon defeated No. 5 Utah, 35-17, in the Pac 12 championship. Utah was considered the team to slide into the fourth spot had they won their conference championship.

Memphis was the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five, and the Tigers will play in the Cotton Bowl for a New Years Six game. One service academy—NavyAir Force—finished in the top 25.

Interesting notes about the CFP this season:

  • This is the first time Alabama has not made the playoff in the six years since its inception.
  • Clemson has now made the CFP five-consecutive years, and they have won two of the last three national championships.
  • This is Oklahoma's fourth time to make the playoff, and third-consecutive season.
  • LSU is making the CFP for the first time.
  • A No. 1 team has never won the CFP national title.
  • Only the SEC and ACC have had at least one team in the playoff all six years.
  • The Pac 12 has not had a team in the playoff since the 2016 season (Washington).
  • The Big Ten has a team in the playoff for the first time since 2016 (Ohio State).